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Digital Doors Open Toronto

Explore some traditional Doors Open Toronto sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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Info from the City of Toronto

On March 23, 2020, Mayor John Tory declared an emergency in the city of Toronto. The declaration of a municipal emergency is part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will ensure that the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.

Based on recommendations from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, the City of Toronto has cancelled most City-operated programs, including Doors Open Toronto, and has closed a number of City facilities.

The City remains prepared to respond to emergencies. Emergency response by Toronto Police, Fire Services, and Paramedic Services is not impacted.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.

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Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Doors Open Toronto

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Come and take a closer look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre – the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world. These stacked Vaudevillian-era theatres were saved from demolition in 1981 by the Ontario Heritage Trust. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour inside this theatre complex. Enjoy some videos from past performers. And learn about the history of this remarkable place through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Email: ewg@heritagetrust.on.ca
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Architecture

Year built: 1913-14
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

The former home of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) is a one-storey wood-frame cottage – on the spectacular Scarborough Bluffs (take an aerial tour of the Bluffs, and check out some of her artwork in the collections of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery and the Mountain Galleries). McCarthy donated this property to the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1998 to conserve its scenic, esthetic, natural and cultural values, with the wish that it would become an artist-in-residence centre and venue for heritage activities following her death. Since the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program launched in 2014, over 30 artists have completed residencies here. Meet one of the artists below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

George Brown House Doors Open Toronto

George Brown House

George Brown House is historically significant for its association with Father of Confederation, Globe newspaper founder and leading abolitionist George Brown (1818-80). In 1989, the Ontario Heritage Trust restored the building to its original state. Highlights include the art nouveau dining room, gracious front hall and Brown’s library. The site is often featured on the CBC television show "Murdoch Mysteries." For Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this restored mansion. Or watch a biopic on the history of Confederation to understand the critical role that Brown had in shaping Canada.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Lieutenant Governor's Suite Doors Open Toronto

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Lieutenant Governor's Suite

The Lieutenant Governor's Suite comprises several state rooms and offices inside the northwest wing of the Legislative Building at Toronto’s Queen’s Park. It is the working office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, currently the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. It is the venue of many significant constitutional events, such as the appointment and resignation of Premiers of Ontario, the swearing-in of cabinet ministers, and the granting of Royal Assent for bills passed by the Legislature. Her Honour hosts foreign heads of state and government, diplomatic and consular representatives, and distinguished visitors in the Suite; it is also a place to host community groups for awards ceremonies, receptions and meetings. During Digital Doors Open, as you learn about the role of the Lieutenant Governor through the above links, enjoy a virtual tour of the Suite in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.lgontario.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Architect: Richard A. Waite; E.J. Lennox
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Ontario Heritage Centre Doors Open Toronto

Ontario Heritage Centre

Take a virtual tour of the Ontario Heritage Centre, the head office of the Ontario Heritage Trust. Among the many interesting features of this building, constructed in 1909, are the two gallery spaces with mezzanines, oak-panelled oval board room, the restored manually operated elevator and period washrooms. This site, popular for meetings and weddings, has also been used in many television and film shoots, including Cinderella Man, Queer as Folk and Serendipity.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: George Gouinlock
Architectural style: Edwardian

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens Doors Open Toronto

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens
This elegant Second-Empire home – co-owned by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Trust – was built for Toronto financier James Austin. Restored in 2010 to reflect the period between the First and Second World Wars, this period house is filled with spectacular furniture and 1920s décor. Learn about the restoration project and explore this unique property from inside out. And learn more about the prestigious Austin family in 1920s Toronto in the video featured below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

285 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1866; 1896
Architect: Original architect unknown; Vaux Chadwick (1896)
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

The ArQuives Doors Open Toronto

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The ArQuives

The ArQuives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of the histories of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ people. Founded in 1973, they have grown to become the largest archive of its kind in the world. Through these collections, you can learn about the history and the struggles faced by – and the resilience of – LGBTQ2+ people. For Digital Doors Open, learn about the kinds of artifacts found in the archives – and the people who collect and preserve them – through the video below. And search their online collections or explore their digital exhibits for more information.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

34 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://arquives.ca/

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit) Doors Open Toronto

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Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit)

Tommy Thompson Park, just minutes away from downtown Toronto, is a unique urban wilderness that offers some of the best bird watching in the city – with more than 300 species. The Leslie Street Spit – the land on which this park now stands – was entirely manmade, composed of landfill, concrete, bricks and rebar. Today, this 250-hectare park (617 acres) is operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It has become an oasis for walkers and cyclists, and remains the habitat of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. As part of Digital Doors Open, download their birder’s checklist, read their research reports on breeding birds, explore the site through the video below, and watch the acclaimed documentary (from CBC’s The Nature of Things, 44:18).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://tommythompsonpark.ca/

Architecture

Year built: Begun in 1959
Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto